Resources & Support

Iowa Resources & Support

The Iowa Information & Referral Center

Located at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, the unique contribution of this Center is to respond to the particular needs of persons affected by Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers through education, referral, support and public awareness programs. Our medical director is Dr. Lynn K. Struck and the full-time staff director is Sydney Petersen.

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Music and Movement, Dancing for Parkinson’s Class

The pilot class has been completed. If you are interested in being on the list for when the next class becomes available, please let us know! For more information,  contact Tallis Strub at the Des Moines Ballroom at 515-277-3545

Class Details

We are dancing with excitement to offer you another class to ease the burden of Parkinson’s. This is a movement and music class, which targets not only physical but also cognitive components in the body.

We have partnered with Des Moines University on this quest. Students will serve as partners and spotters, making it both safe and worry free if you have slight balance issues or think you need to bring a partner in order to dance.

The class will begin with warm-ups to music, both singing and then moving. Don’t worry if you are not a singer because just hearing the music helps the brain; however, singing has been proven to strengthen the voice in Parkinson’s. After that, you will move into learning (or refreshing) skills in fox trot, swing and waltz.

The Des Moines Ballroom is currently offering a PD Moves class, free of charge Thursday mornings at 10:00am. They are located at 521 E Locust Street, Des Moines, IA. Questions? Call Tallis at 515-277-3545

Newsletter Archive

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Statewide Services

There are several wonderful Iowa organizations that serve people with disabilities and older Iowans.

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Support Groups

Listing of support groups in Iowa for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners.

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Exercise Classes

Listing of exercise classes in Iowa for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease

Information for Iowans with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.

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